Craig T. Nelson
If youíre like me and you havenít seen it before, let it be known that the special effects leave a lot to be desired, at least in the beginning. What was strange with the effects is there was one scene (where the ďmonsterĒ comes out from the door and the mom falls down the stairs) that was very well done, while the others looked like I filmed them in my bedroom. I think they would have been better served keeping the effects simple and raising the quality a bit.
The film reminded me a lot of other 80ís Spielberg-produced films like GREMLINS and GOONIES in that it combined some good characters and funny moments around a good story. The difference is that this film is a little more scary then the others, but in a good way. Of course, the standards for scary these days are pretty high and Iíd be surprised if even the younger audiences lose any sleep from this one.
The performances in POLTERGEIST are a little mixed. The children do an absolute fantastic job (which makes their tragic stories even more sad), but the adults go a little over the top with their parts. I wanted more intensity from teh parents, especially given that their little girl is trapped in a house. Everyone seemed to accept the situation a little too easily, but maybe that was the point.
Communicating with the Dead (15:33): This one deals more with actual poltergeists, but it still has all the same problems as the first featurette. Again, this one is pretty worthless.
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